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Lighting Solutions: 5 Tips to Light Every Room in Your Home Properly

Lighting Solutions: 5 Tips to Light Every Room in Your Home Properly

A very sad truth is that families spend less and less time at home together – each family member has their own hectic daily schedule, which usually ends near dinner time. After spending all that energy on your education, career, sports, and other things, it’s very difficult to commit to having some quality time with family.

A home needs to be a comfort zone for all family members and there are different ways to create that kind of atmosphere. Naturally, there are comfy beds, calming colors, just the right temperature and – of course – proper lighting.

As far as I’m concerned, each room should have a special treatment in accordance with its general purpose. Our concentration levels or – on the other hand – the ability to relax, have a lot to do with lighting, and you should use this fact to your advantage. So, let’s check these following lighting solutions!

1. Bedroom

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    A home should provide a peaceful environment. Being in a place where you rest and recharge your batteries, a bedroom should be a completely stress-free zone. My sincere suggestion is to have your lighting done subtly in this room – warm light sources distributed at the right places will help create a gentle, romantic environment.

    Other than the usual ceiling light, you should definitely get a couple of night table lamps. They are very practical – I’m sure we all have that awful moment when it’s necessary to get out of your comfy bed in order to turn off the main light source after reading before bed. A simple solution and a very cheap luxury, having a lamp right beside you will definitely make you happy.

    2. Living Room

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      The general idea for any living room is to be the center of family entertainment, which is why I believe you should have fun with this room. However, a living room is also a spot where guests are entertained as well, so you should strive towards some kind of balance.

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      This project shouldn’t be expensive at all – you can make it a part of your quality time with the family and bond while embellishing your home through DIY projects. I found wood to be the most grateful and the most beautiful material to work with – wooden chandeliers are a gorgeous addition to a common family space.

      3. Kitchen

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        Another amazing way to bond with your family is eating together at the kitchen. Sitting at the dining table should be a rather pleasant way to spend time enjoying delicious meals. A chandelier is a great solution for proper lighting here, and my suggestion is to go with warm lights and dimmers, so that you can set the atmosphere just right.

        On the other hand, the kitchen aisle, or the part of the kitchen which you use to prepare meals, should be quite the opposite and I found colder lights to improve my focus here. Although you have probably never thought of this or even noticed that it bothers you, changing just one light bulb will make a significant difference.

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        4. Kids’ Room

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          Well, this one depends on how old your kids are, but this room is your only excuse to have fun with lights and I’m sure your kids will love it. Slowly rotating lamps that cast shadows in star shapes, for example, are a really nice touch.

          When it comes to homework time and studying, getting a desk lamp will do. As I already mentioned, colder lights improve my efficiency and focus, but that’s probably a force of habit, so you should try both types of light bulbs to see which one is better in your case.

          5. Bathroom

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            Being a place where all your family members do their basic hygiene routine, as well as shaving, make-up, hairstyling, and so on. This room should be the brightest one of all. My bathroom has the main ceiling light, naturally, but the mirror is surrounded with vanity lamps on both sides. This way, you can turn them on and off when necessary – like when taking a long bath, perhaps.

            Being busy with all other small and big life matters doesn’t leave much room to think about your home lighting or to find ways to improve it, which is exactly why I wanted to draw attention to it. You don’t have to do it all at once – pick a room and see what changes you’d like to introduce considering lighting, and when you’re done or have enough time, move to the next one. I’m absolutely sure you’ll appreciate it.

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            Last Updated on September 10, 2019

            7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

            7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

            Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

            Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

            This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

            One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

            Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

            Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

            1. Gratitude

            Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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            The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

            Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

            So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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              2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

              This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

              For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

              What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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              Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

              3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

              This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

              Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

              An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

              Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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                4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                6. Rise Earlier

                The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                Reference

                [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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